A last (long) post - good luck to all of you!

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Congrats on the pass!  

    Wow, that's a strategy!  You definitely cannot waste time on strange questions or long math calculations.  Not taking a break could be exhausting.  Though I do think you could take a mental break while still sitting at the computer.  For me (I'm Italian too!) not eating or drinking anything for the duration of the exam would be difficult.

    Congrats again on the pass!  

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Jacopo Montalenti (Edited )

    I see your point, Rebekka, and I know some people need those breaks and feel much better with them. I never got any in any of the six exams. I lose focus if I do. (the longest exam for me was 3.25h I can handle that much)

    A valid strategy, I guess if you want, is maybe to do the first 50 questions with this system and then the last 50, but it's a little imbalanced as the last 50 have the 2 case studies. (and sometimes I got a hint from a question to answer another! I prefer to go all the way)

    As I said, this system works for me, and the way I operate, I usually finish 30-45 minutes in advance because this system stop me from going over and over the same question or getting stuck or wasting time in long calculation and formulas), so if you take away all breaks and 30-45 minutes at most the most extended exam will take around 3.5h I guess

    PDD questions are direct and generally shorter (less text to read), so I was pretty quick; PPD is longer (much longer questions, I am a slower reader than a native American). But I feel they are more manageable for the way I am, so overall, I go through them faster (fewer flags). I can handle it, but each person is different ^_^! Thanks for the congrats. Now I have to wait for the CSE.

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    Alvaro Briganti

    Thanks Jacopo! 

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    Christopher Hopstock

    Interesting strategy indeed! I always like hearing about how different people approach the test taking strategy portion of this exam.

    Chris Hopstock RA
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    Jacopo Montalenti (Edited )

    PDD for me was special. I weren't so thorough and strategic with the other five, just flagging questions I didn't feel answering right away and a second pass to answer all the flag.

    But this, for me, was scary; too much stuff I didn't bother to memorize, having a strict strategy made me feel more relaxed and positive.

    Luckily, I have been working for 15+ years, so I was very familiar with the master specs divisions, the code-related stuff, and the details. I may not know the exact English technical name of each part. Still, I know where stuff goes graphically how they work, and I have real-world experience on many different types of projects from Residential to Hospital museums or Airports.

    I really have a terrible memory for names and words; in general, no matter how many years, I still can't remember certain names. It is like when you try to learn a new language, and the word won't pop in your brain at all.

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